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There is something special about a British accent that adds some class to a narration. Whether it’s a a Tears for Fears song that pairs music with a BBC weather report, or a British fighter pilot that narrates his flight through the Mach Loop. So take a break from the the many voices that decry […]

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During this morning’s reading, I came upon the phrase, ‘all of a sudden.’ Perhaps because I had the time to ponder such things, it began to occur to me that ‘all of a sudden’ is a strange expression. Where did it come from? What is ‘a sudden’? Preview Open

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Several years ago, my wife bought me a book to read based on a review she had read in one of her magazines. That book was a debut novel by Leif Enger, entitled Peace Like a River. Peace was a thoroughly enjoyable tale about a young asthmatic boy and an unfortunate family adventure across the […]

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Sometimes, you just have to get away. And not on some random airline. I’m talking about a good old fashioned, back of the station wagon kind of road trip. A good family vacation of this sort always produces stories that you can tell for years, or at least it should. Not wanting my kids to […]

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Scrabble Skirmish: Them’s Fightin’ Words

 

shutterstock_133761986Language is a peculiar thing. Growing up, we often heard the admonition, “we will speak the King’s English in this house.” Which of course as a young lad, never made much sense to me, given that there was a queen ruling Great Britain, and we were Americans anyway. But I digress.

Nowhere was this more important than in the violent sorties over our treasured Scrabble board. Slang, or “street” vernacular was not allowed. Put a word down, and it better be in the American Heritage dictionary, or in the Oxford if we happened to have one handy. You play the best words you can, the cheap ones only as a pitiful, desperate last resort. If that means you have letter tiles at the end of the game you cannot play, so be it. Suck it up and count the points, boy.

But now we have the Internet, and digital versions of the game on our Facebook, our smart phones, tablets, and wherever else they may be found. Now we have a certified Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, which includes what I purport to be absolutely bogus, false, fraudulent, spurious “words” simply designed to allow a player to dump all his tiles. People who play this way may think they look “smart” using these so-called words, but to me it suggests precisely the opposite.